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Film | American Artist Taryn Simon: Shot True by Matt Black | Pushing the Limits of Photography

Taryn Simon: Shot True on

Acclaimed artist Taryn Simon questions meaning and photographic truth while exploring the evolution of her work in filmmaker Matt Black’s new short. Playing upon an uneasy marriage of image and context, Simon blurs the lines between reportage, conceptual art and portraiture. Her latest and best-known piece, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, juxtaposes portraits of subjects ranging from victims of genocide in Bosnia to the body double of Uday Hussein with census-like text and abstract imagery. Featured this year at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, London, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and opening at MOMA in New York in May, the piece is an exhaustive and poetic exploration of bloodlines and man’s will to survive. Trained as a photographer, Simon started out shooting for The New York Times before winning a grant to pursue her first project The Innocents, a series of portraits of people wrongly convicted of crimes that explored the ambiguity of photography. With An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar she unveiled secret sites within America hidden from mainstream consciousness while Contraband disclosed the nation’s fears and desires through the mundane items and counterfeit goods smuggled into the US. “Even as she is stripping back her images, they are always beautiful,” offers Black. “There is always a political element, a sense of paranoia, and government.”

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters by Taryn Simon is at the Tate Modern, London, until January 2 2012, and opens at MOMA in New York on May 1 2012.

Anne is in a heap of tears this morning watching this short film about Taryn Simon. Profoundly affected, she has just located this Taryn Simon TED Talk. Taryn is one of the most articulate young women we’ve ever met.


Happy Thanksgiving Film Message From AOC: Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. via

DFR (Daily French Roast)

Amber Valletta | Steven Klein | W September 2011 | ‘One for the Ages’ AOC Private Studio

Today’s NYT Style interviews photographer Steven Klein, whose aging images of Amber Valletta (see above) were shown last week as ‘Time Capsule’, organized by Russian art impresario Dasha Zhukova at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.

Some visitors were seeing the show for a second time. It made its debut in New York in September at the Park Avenue Armory, in a cavernous room lighted only by the video panels overhead. Some visitors were as beguiled, but others responded more coolly. Age happens, said Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue: “It’s a reality, unfortunately.”

Ms. Roitfeld was doubtless aware that in raising the specter of human decline, Mr. Klein had taken a pickax to fashion’s most fearsome taboo. “Showing age is always a disturbing thing,” said Stefano Tonchi, the editor of W magazine and the former editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, who commissioned the video project and published still images from the shoot in W’s September issue.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

Intermission #5

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem (above) and Anais Pouliot (below)cover the 5th issue of Intermission Magazine in these striking, stripped down to the bone, not overly airbrushed, raw beauty covers shot by John Scarisbrick and styled by Daniel Magnussen. Hitting newsstands December 9th the issue features contributions from industry innovators like Mario Sorrenti, Mikael Jansson, Mark Carrasquillo, Gaia Repossi, Fabien Baron, Ezra Petronio and Tom Sachs. via

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